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    Red face sing, sang, sung

    My son is having difficulty with using sang and sung in the appropriate tense. To be completely honest, I am also realizing I need a refresher on the rules. Could you please help??? Would it be "He sang a good song." or "He sung a good song." Noteworthy..I am very embarassed that I cannot figure this out...

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    Re: sing, sang, sung

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    My son is having difficulty with using sang and sung in the appropriate tense. To be completely honest, I am also realizing I need a refresher on the rules. Could you please help??? Would it be "He sang a good song." or "He sung a good song." ...
    sing...(present tense) He sings that song every day.
    sang...(past tense) He sang that song five times yesterday.
    sung..(present perfect tense) He has sung that song hundreds of times.

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    Re: sing, sang, sung

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    My son is having difficulty with using sang and sung in the appropriate tense. To be completely honest, I am also realizing I need a refresher on the rules. Could you please help??? Would it be "He sang a good song." or "He sung a good song." Noteworthy..I am very embarrassed that I cannot figure this out...
    Don't be embarrassed, Unreg. The correct choice for your speaking dialect is what your dialect uses. Some use 'sung' as a simple past, some, more it seems, use 'sang' as the simple past.

    The dictionaries, Merriam Webster and AHD list both as inflected forms;

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    M-W

    Main Entry:
    1sing
    Function:
    verb
    Inflected Form(s):
    sang or sung


    va=sing - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


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    AHD

    sing

    VERB: Inflected forms: sang or sung

    sing. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

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